N. Korea Reiterates Calls for Formally Ending Korean War

Pompeo shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang North Korea during a 2018 Easter weekend trip in this undated image

Moon said now is a significant period for settling peace on the peninsula, which would go together with complete denuclearization, stressing that improved inter-Korean relations and eased tensions on the peninsula will contribute to the peninsula's complete denuclearization and the settlement of a lasting peace regime.

The American stance could cause a split with Moon's government, which also wants a quick end-of-war declaration, possibly at the U.N. General Assembly in September. Their main agenda, the spokesman said, is to discuss ways to develop inter-Korean ties in a way that does not violate United Nations sanctions, and to find a comprehensive way to implement the April 27th Panmunjom Declaration - namely, to officially end the war and denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

USA officials maintain that such a declaration can not come before the North takes more concrete steps toward relinquishing its nukes in a verifiable way.

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The South Korean leader explained in detail to Trump about the dispatch of his special envoys to Pyongyang, which aimed to consult on ways to build permanent peace on the peninsula through complete denuclearization as well as to prepare for the third summit with the DPRK top leader.

The Pyongyang summit could reveal whether Moon is ready to push ahead with more engagement with the North despite USA frustration over North Korea.

A veteran North Korean official who was sanctioned for his suspected role in development of the country's nuclear and missile technology has died, the North announced on Tuesday (Sept 4).

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North Korea wrote to Pompeo last month, warning that the peace process was faltering and telling him not to come to Pyongyang unless he was willing to bring further concessions, officials have said. The resumption of U.S. Washington and Pyongyang have been unable to agree on a timeline for North Korea's promise to denuclearize since Kim met U.S. President Donald Trump in June.

Moon's nightmare may be a return to 2017, when animosity created by the North's barrage of nuclear and missile tests and Trump's responding belligerent tweets raised war fears among South Koreans.

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